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Keep your brain active with creating, making and learning – ideas & inspiration

February 12 - March 12


Keep your brain active with creating, making and learning

If you’re not able to attend your usual groups or the children are home from school, try these activities to get your brain in gear. If you’re homeschooling you may be able to get free data from mobile providers.  

(Updated 12th  February 2021)

  1. Got under-5s? Try February’s Wild Winter Challenge!
  2. Join Olaf Falafel’s Art Club live on YouTube every Monday at 11am
  3. Sign up for the next online sessions of Corby Puppetry Group, to learn about shadow puppets and marionettes.
  4. If you live in Wellingborough, sign up for a free Winter Brights activity pack from Cinnamon Arts Group.
  5. Take part in the biggest exhibition ever staged with Firstsite#TheGreatBigArtExhibition2021
  6. Age 5 – 19? Submit your work for free to The Royal Academy‘s Young Artists’ Summer Show.
  7. My Sensory Adventures is a new digital project from our friends at Carbon Theatre for people who like to explore the word in sensory ways, including babies, people with special educational needs, disabilities or dementia. They have recently made all of their how-to videos available on their YouTube channel, where you’ll find eight fun activities based on Water, Earth, Wind and Fire.
  8. Check out the Fantastic For Families website, they have lots of shows and activities you can take part in from home, many of which are FREE – including ours.
  9. Over 18? Want a creative outlet? Join the online NN8 Writers Group.
  10. The Phoenix in Leicester have a great range of  ‘At Home’ downloadable creative activities for kids, plus games and online projects for adults too, to keep you all busy at home during the lockdown.
  11. Northamptonshire Adult Learning have lots of FREE family creative activities on offer in Google Classroom, which should help keep you occupied over the colder months. Try your hand at crafts, music, scrapbooking, sewing or making a story sack.
  12. The Royal Voluntary Service have started the Virtual Village Hall, a programme of themed online activities designed to enjoy at home, led by expert tutors in creative arts and crafts, music and singing, cooking and baking, dance and exercise, and technology skills. Join in with live sessions or catch up on demand when it suits you, on the Virtual Village Hall Facebook Page.
  13. Find lots of fantastic step-by-step craft tutorials at Crafts Council Craft Club – why not set up an online club with your friends? You can also find Craft Club ideas on Pinterest and YouTube or read Crafts magazines from their archives.
  14. Age 6 – 15 years old? Then you can earn yourself a Blue Peter badge to gain FREE entry into loads of great UK attractions! You can earn a blue badge by sending in a story, craft make, picture or poem. Or why not apply for a special music badge! Even if you don’t have a musical instrument at home you can use the Bring the Noise interactive tool!
  15. With so many students and others being stuck at home for the next few weeks, animator Aaron Blaise is offering his Fundamentals of Animation course completely FREE!
  16. Write and illustrate your own book with Book Creator! Write a story, create a comic adventure, pen an anthology of poetry or make a journal of your time at home to show your teacher when you get back to school. You can even record your own voice and sound effects.
  17. Find out about the art of Animation with the creators of Wallace and Gromit, Aardman Animations – and for lots more fun Aardman content, see their YouTube channel.
  18. Visit the Scouts website for some great make and do activities to keep the children occupied during your time at home – these challenges can even count towards Beaver, Cub or Scout Activity Badges!  Share your creations using #TheGreatIndoors hashtag.
  19. Try your hand at digital making with the Raspberry Pi Foundation. For many of the projects you only need a web browser and free apps to create games, digital art, music and more!
  20. Over 70? Fancy getting creative and winning £1,000? Enter a new national creative arts competition for over 70s stuck at home because of Coronavirus. The King Lear Prizes have been set up to encourage ordinary people, who have never been published before and are not professional writers, musicians or artists, to create new works of literature, poetry, music and art during the time they are quarantined.
  21. Each year all over the country the Get Creative Festival shines a light on all the great cultural activity that takes place on a regular basis in local communities and encourages people to try their hand at something new and creative. In May we were all being encouraged to  #GetCreativeAtHome – there are still loads of activity ideas on the website to access at any time.
  22. Learn about local history at the Corby Heritage Centre facebook page, where they will be post interesting artefacts from past exhibitions and their collection.

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